Saturday, January 5, 2008

Veggie loaf: attempt one

I found this recipe online and wanted to give it a shot:

Vegetable Soybean Loaf

6 servings

1 teaspoon Olive oil
2 cup Carrots; finely shredded
2 cup Broccoli; finely chopped, both stems and florets
½ cup Red bell pepper; diced
3 medium Scallions; finely chopped
1 Stalk celery; diced
1 teaspoon Minced garlic
1½ cup Cooked soybeans; (or 15 oz can)
2 Eggs
2 Plum tomatoes; in 1/2 inch cubes, 3/4 cup
¼ cup Dry bread crumbs; or toasted wheat germ
2 teaspoon Fresh basil; minced
½ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 dash Paprika

Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with the cooking spray. Heat the oil and saute the carrots, broccoli, bell pepper, scallions, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, but not brown, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic during the last minute. Remove from heat. Process the soybeans and eggs in a food processor until smooth. Then add it to the saute pan. Stir in the remaining ingredients (except the paprika). Press the mixture into the loaf pan; sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow o stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Serve the slices topped with sauce of your choice. =


I added in roughly 2 t. vegetable bullion powder, 1 T. nutritional yeast, and some spicy rooster sauce, but other than that I kept pretty much to the recipe as stated. My verdict is that it was pretty good but the main flavor was salt, and I thought it needed a more complex flavor, so next time I want to try adding in some goat cheese or caramelizing some onions/mushrooms and adding those in, also I think this would be good with a mushroom sauce.